The forward is a two-time Indian Women’s League winner.

India and Gokulam Kerala forward Dangmei Grace became only the third Indian women’s footballer to sign a professional contract with a foreign club. The 26-year-old has signed for Uzbekistan-based club FC Nasaf.

In a letter to Manipur Youth Affairs and Sports Department, FC Nasaf mentioned that Dangmei will “play in the Uzbekistan Women’s Super League.” The league kick-started on June 15 and will continue until December 15.

The Uzbek club also confirmed that apart from participating in the women’s league, Grace will also represent FC Nasaf in the Uzbekistan Cup and the Super Cup.

“This league will give her a lot of international experience and help in her footballing development and career,” the club said in the letter.

Dangmei is the third female footballer from the country to sign a professional contract with a foreign club. Bala Devi and Aditi Chauhan have previously played abroad. Bala scripted history in 2020 after becoming the first-ever Indian woman football to sign a professional contract in Europe, when she joined Scottish champions Rangers SC. Later goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan signed for Iceland club Hamar Hveragerdi.

Dangmei started her football career with the Manipur club KRYPHSA FC. Later, she signed for Tamil Nadu-based club Sethu FC in 2019. The striker scored a hat-trick in the semi-final and played a crucial role in Sethu’s 3-1 victory over Manipur Police in the final. Last year she signed for Gokulam Kerala.

They become the first club to represent India in the AFC Women’s Club Championship. She participated in the Championship and had a stellar performance in the match against FC Bunyodkor, which they won 3–1.

She made her senior international debut at the 2013 AFC Women’s Asian Cup Qualifiers. Dangmei Grace has become a regular member of the women’s national team ever since. During her six years with the national team, she played 37 games and scored 14 goals.

In 2019 alone, she scored nine goals in 18 matches for the Indian national team. She made headlines when she scored a brace against Indonesia in the AFC Women’s Qualifier Round 2 in 2020.

The AIFF named her ‘Emerging Women’s Footballer of the Year’ in 2019. Grace represented India at the 2021 International Women’s Football Tournament in Manaus, playing against teams like Brazil, and Chile. She scored a goal against Venezuela in India’s 2–1 defeat.

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